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Trying Real Hard to Read This Book

Discussion in 'Black House' started by FireGurl26, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. grin willard

    grin willard Grin. Boasting a profile u could cut cheese with.

    I really could not get hold of this or The Talisman. I really don't want to get into it, but especially with 'House', I just somehow could not follow the narrative. With The Talisman, the otherworldly stuff just left me cold. It just wasn't what I was looking for. This ain't going to be popular, but I would probably have liked them both better if each author's name had been put on their respective chapters. Stephen King: bla bla bla bla. Peter Straub: bla bla bla bla. I love Pete Straub! But if anything, he's more uneven than Stephen King. More literary, but more uneven. Both have written masterpieces. 'Ghost Story' was Straub's 'The Haunting of Hill House'. He'll write more very fine books I'm sure, but he'll never equal it. I tend to think King's greatest work still lies ahead of him.
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  2. Towerbent BreakSlinger

    Towerbent BreakSlinger Well-Known Member

    I always felt like the view is that of the wind / narrator (who happens to be Steve) and I thought it inspired maybe by the view Gorg had, but who wants gorg's view all day?
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  3. Towerbent BreakSlinger

    Towerbent BreakSlinger Well-Known Member

    It is to me absolutely worth reading, but then I followed very easily the loose flow- the book is essentially giving you an overview of the town in the first few chapters, because the situation appears normal on the surface, but underneath there's a very serious oddity going on - forget this is a Steven King book read it as though this is all actually happening somewhere, let yourself accept these people and the small town life they live and just how .. bent some of it is. But every person in the book is realized. There are no half assed characters in the book- everyone is a real person with goals dreams hopes greats and their own responses to the issues of life the book is focused on jack yes but if you only came to read about jack you will miss some great stuff. It's a much bigger story than the Talisman and isn't the talisman 2 lol
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  4. Towerbent BreakSlinger

    Towerbent BreakSlinger Well-Known Member

    Um "greats" was a spellcheck- was supposed to say fears .. lol there goes technology making life easier again
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  5. moomby

    moomby Member

    So glad that others feel the same. I wonder if it's Peter Straub? Weird, because I loved the Talisman, but the smallest stylistic things irked me here ("now we will pull away from this interesting scene").
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  6. Keith72

    Keith72 Member

    No, your not alone, I found it very hard to get into, this (i think) is the follow up to The Tailsman and for some reason, I can't get into either of these or The DT series.
  7. SNKoury

    SNKoury Member

    This is one of the best King books I have ever read. You're missing out, IMO, of you don't read it.
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